Associate Professor of Psychology

  • Office: Sutton Science Center 118
  • Phone: (865) 981-8166

I grew up in the mountains of Kentucky and there we say -


I received my Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from North Carolina State University. I came to Maryville College in 2006 and am now an Associate Professor of Psychology and a Certified Sex Educator from the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). I am also a member of Advanced Sexuality Educators and Trainers (ASET) and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) (Click here for vitae).


I believe that teaching is the most important thing that I do so I spend a great deal of time focusing on the best possible experience for my students. I am very proud to have received the Outstanding Teacher Award in 2013 and  runner-up in 2009.

Courses I teach:

  • Intimate Relationships (PSY 227)
  • Human Sexuality (PSY 228)
  • Human Thought and Learning (PSY 315)
  • Sexual Health Education (PSY349)
  • First Year Seminar (FYS 110)

I also lead travel study courses nearly every other year. Such as:

  • Puerto Rico: A Search for Identity (EXP 200)
  • San Francisco: A City of Diversity (PSY 249)
  • Civil Rights in the South (SOC 200)


My research focuses on improving relationships and sexual health. Through teaching courses related to sexuality, I quickly realized that college students, who are otherwise very bright, had little to no information, or sometimes completely wrong information, about sex. This lack of good information often leads to poor decision making which can cause some major life changes. So, I began to study the effects of sex education and religion on sex and relationship outcomes. One of my current studies investigates sex guilt in Baptists, Catholics, and Latter-day Saints and how that guilt affects sexual satisfaction, sex anxiety, and sexual efficacy.